A man is charged in connection with driving a car into a patrol car when police tried to pull over him over early Friday morning.
Michael Brandon Hall, 27, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, fleeing to elude police, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm in committing a crime, interference with government property, driving under the influence, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to give aid, two counts of obstruction, driving on the wrong side of a roadway, failure to notify police after hitting an object, driving too fast for conditions, failure to obey traffic control devices and failure to maintain a lane.
Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Downtown Precinct officers were called at about 2:37 a.m. Friday to Congress and Whitaker streets on a report that four to five men were brandishing pistols in a gray Mazda.
The car turned up a half hour later at IHOP on East Victory Drive and they were armed and causing a disturbance, according to police.
Police tried to pull over the Mazda. Hall put the car into reverse, rammed the patrol car, cross the grass and curb onto Victory Drive and drove westbound in the eastbound lanes with his headlights off, according to police.
Hall went south on Bee Road, east on 52nd Street, south on Oakland, then south on Cuba, lost control of the car and hit a utility pole, according to police. Hall and three others in the car ran.
Police said officers saw Hall throwing a weapon into a back yard before they caught up to him. The weapon was found to be cocked with the safety off and a round chambered. The Mazda was found to have been stolen.
Police say Hall has an extensive criminal record with SCMPD.
He was released from the Georgia Dept. of Corrections after serving 10 years of 20-year sentence for burglary, aggravated assault, a weapons offense, theft by taking and two counts of entering a vehicle.
A passenger, who was still sitting in the back seat of the Mazda, told officers he had paid $5 for a ride home from a nightclub and did not know anyone in the Mazda.
Three other men who ran are wanted by police to investigate the fifth passenger's comments.
Violent Crimes detectives continue to investigate the assault on the police officer.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020 or text CRIMES (274637). In the body type, include "CStop2020" plus the tip. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.